Sexual Violence Legal Services - YWCA

Legal services program helping sexual assault survivors rebuild their lives by protecting their privacy, safety and civil rights through legal advocacy. To speak to an attorney, call us at (844) 999-SVLS (7857).

What Happened When This Woman Started Saying "I Know" to Men's Compliments

Trying to control how women should see and feel about their own bodies is another example of how #rapeculture is alive and well. Let's keep calling it out! React however you want.


"I think it's well past the time we tell every woman who's a victim to stand up...because we stand with them." - Dale Hansen


Ivy League researchers released a huge report on teen sex. It's a must-read for parents.

Helpful research for parents to consider on how rape culture presents itself in our teens' lives and the importance of having conversations with our young adults about consent and healthy sexual relationships. "It may be the most important thing we do in life; learn how to love and be loved."

Too Scared to Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation.

The Department of Homeland Security prioritizing deportation over protecting immigrant victims, the Department of Justice trying to prevent the work of our colleagues at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to protect detained immigrant victims and keep families together...are these our American values? There has been a sharp downturn in reports of sexual assault and domestic violence among Latinos in the months since the presidential election.

Polyvinyl Record Company

Shout out to Polyvinyl Record Company, Salty Artist Management, and all of the bands and promoters who have dropped PWR BTTM for making a strong and decisive statement that supports survivors of sexual assault.

Throughout our 20 years, Polyvinyl has purposefully operated on the core principle that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect. There is absolutely no place in the world for hate, violence, abuse, discrimination or predatory behavior of any kind.

In keeping with this philosophy, we want to let everyone know that we are ceasing to sell and distribute PWR BTTM's music. If you have ordered PWR BTTM products from Polyvinyl and would like to receive a full refund for your purchase, please contact We ask for your patience as we work to quickly process all requests.

We will be making donations to the following incredibly important organizations: RAINN ( to support its efforts against sexual violence, and AVP ( to aid its programs against LGBTQ violence.

Our hearts go out to all victims of discrimination and all survivors of sexual violence.

A bittersweet farewell to our awesome Rule 9 legal extern, Vanessa Moore. Vanessa spent two semesters with us doing both litigation and legislative work. In her own words, "I felt as though SVLS prepared me for becoming a lawyer. It wasn't until I was in the office working along side the team, meeting with clients, going to court, working on motions, completing research, and working in Olympia that I truly felt like a lawyer." Now on to the bar exam, Vanessa!

Mayor Murray, It’s Time to Drop Out

Victim blaming and shaming will not be tolerated. Dear Mayor Ed Murray, Rumors suggest you might drop out of the mayoral race as early as this week. In the interests of the city and survivors of sexual assault, we hope the rumors are true. To be clear, we’re not proclaiming your guilt or innocence in a civil case alleging you sexually assaulted a t...

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

It's official!. Sexual Violence Legal Services - YWCA is proud to have joined King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Legal Voice and Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs in the efforts to make Washington's Sexual Assault Protection Order statute more comprehensive in its legal protections. After, three years of hard work, countless calls, community voices of support and stories from our survivors, this is a happy ending. Thank you Governor Jay Inslee for signing this bill today.

Today we're happy to share GOOD NEWS for sexual assault survivors -- the Sexual Assault Protection Order bill that reforms the process has been signed into law!

Under the GOP's health plan, sexual assault would be considered a preexisting condition

If the goal is to discourage reporting rape and sexual assault and penalize those who did report, the GOP have the solution. The bill would also mean insurers could consider having postpartum depression or surviving domestic abuse preexisting conditions.

All The Ways Rape Culture Was Encouraged In Trump's First 100 Days

We're not suprised. And we won't stop fighting. There was plenty of talk during the election about how then-candidate Donald Trump was actively contributing to "rape culture." The term emerged in the 1970s, to define the society-wide green light of various types of harassment and violence against




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